On Friday’s NewsHour…

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AFGHAN ATTACK– There was more death today in the center of Kabul, the Afghan capitol. Suicide attackers and a car bomb killed at least 16 people — half of them foreigners. The Taliban took responsibility. We’ll have a full report and then an interview with US Army Brigadier General Ben Hodges of the Southern Region Command in Khadahar about the ongoing operation in Helmand province.

RECONCILIATION EXPLAINER– Kwame Holman looks into the history and logistics of the Senate tactic called reconciliation that could help decide the fate of health care reform.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS – Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks reflect on the health care summit and other political events of the week.

LONG-TERM JOBLESSNESS – Jeffrey Brown explores the social consequences of long-term joblessness, a defining characteristic of the current recession, with Don Peck who wrote an article entitled “How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America” for the Atlantic Magazine.

WEB-ONLY – Finally, Hari Sreenivasan gives a tour of related web features including: and interview with Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News; a video timeline of 16 months of health reform coverage; and Jeffrey Brown’s conversation with author Orhan Pamuk about his latest novel.

Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff are our hosts tonight, we hope you’ll join us.

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